When you embark on the job search, updating your resume is the natural first move. Resume writing is where you devote significant energy, in order to increase the likelihood that the recruiter will stand up and take notice. But it doesn’t bode well if the recruiter flags your resume for all the wrong reasons. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s highlight some of the scariest types of resumes out there:

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Do you want to increase the likelihood that you’ll land interviews from 2% to more than 40%? Simply hitting the “apply” and “submit” buttons for the openings you see on the major job boards won’t get you there. The critical factor that makes or breaks job search success is your ability to make direct contact with the hiring decision maker. Related: 10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers Put on your sleuthing cap, get out your magnifying glass, and do some good, old-fashioned (or, in these days of technology: new-fangled) investigating to come up with the name of the right person. Here’s how to find the hiring manager's contact info:

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Optimizing your LinkedIn profile, building your number of contacts, and participating in groups are all actions to contribute to raising your LinkedIn visibility. But visibility and credibility go hand-in-hand. Credibility is key so those who view your profile see immediate social proof of your expertise. Compiling LinkedIn recommendations is among the best strategies for raising credibility. Related: 3 Things Your LinkedIn Summary MUST Say Here are five tips to ask for – and get – a quality LinkedIn recommendation.

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Gone are the days of applying for seemingly every job under the sun in the same manner of throwing spaghetti onto the wall and just seeing what sticks. Job search today is all about targeting: the exact type of job you want, and the exact type of employer for whom you’d like to work. Related: 3 Tips For Landing A 'Perfect Fit' Job There’s a strategy to using the job description properly in order to land that ideal role. Here’s how:

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